Auckland: Australia captain Michael Clarke admitted his side’s batting in their one-wicket defeat to fellow World Cup co-hosts New Zealand was “horrendous”.
A dejected Michael Clarke walks back after being dismissed for 12 on Saturday. Pic/AFP
Clarke, who made 12 from 18 balls, said afterwards on Sky Sports World Cup: “We would have liked the result to go the other way but credit to the way Kane played, and Brendon himself, (it) was outstanding.
“Our batting was horrendous, to put it politely.
“I think both teams would probably say we didn’t bat as well as we would have liked. Credit to New Zealand the way they bowled, I thought they swung the ball really well and executed their skills really well.”